Redemption week

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Redemption week

East Lake getting amped up pregame.

East Lake getting amped up pregame.

East Lake getting amped up pregame.

East Lake getting amped up pregame.

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East Lake and Clearwater have been duking it out on the gridiron for many years. East Lake has come out on top in 14 out of the last 15 meetings between the two.  Last year’s match up ended in a 34-12 finish where East Lake pulled away at the end.  This year, however, Clearwater enters the matchup off a week one win and with all the momentum.  The program is in the midst of being rebuilt and already has made great strides. They are more than 70 spots ahead of East Lake in the state rankings. What East Lake is really worried about is Clearwater’s senior quarter back Rent Montie.  Standing at 6 foot 3 inches, he is a force on the football field.  Montie is already committed to Lafayette University. East Lake’s defense was short three players due to injuries last week against Nature Coast last week in a 32-25 loss.  Word from anonymous sources say that the defense should be fully healthy and back in commission. East Lake’s quarterback Matthew Trotto was asked about what was needed to prepare for this game and he told the Talon that they will be “focusing on becoming more efficient since that is what killed us this past week against Nature Coast.” He went on to say that they “struggled to be consistent. If we do that, then no one will be able to stop our offense.”  We hope East Lake can work out the quirks in the offense before Friday because East Lake may have a tough time stopping the Tornadoes’ deep ball offense and the well planned running game.

East Lake’s utility athlete Hunter Swetokus popped off for five receptions, 133 yards receiving, and one touchdown.  That’s triple of what he had in his career total.  Hunter is also known for being a lockdown linebacker and shouldn’t allow Montie to break for a long run. Any receiver that dares to cut across the middle will meet his fate with a Swetokus hit. A win this week will be huge for the mental

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